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Maine (football) receives good news on injuries

Sport:   Posted: August 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

BY JENN MENENDEZ Portland Press Herald

The University of Maine football team got good news early this week regarding injuries to several key players, including standout fullback Jared Turcotte and receiver Landis Williams.

Turcotte, Maine's leading rusher in 2008, has missed about a week of practices with a groin injury, and will be re-evaluated next Monday to determine if he can be cleared to play in Maine's opener Sept. 3 against St. Cloud State.

"He's OK. It's more of something we took a precaution on and don't want to come back and be an every other week thing," Maine coach Jack Cosgrove said. "We've made the decision we want to get it out of his system for good and let him play football for 11 weeks."

Williams, a senior who caught 22 passes for 308 yards last year, underwent surgery to repair a compound fracture in his right hand.

It is possible he will be cleared to play as early as next Monday, Cosgrove said.

"We got really good news on his injury. As good as we could expect," Cosgrove said. "He's got at least one week, maybe two."

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Annual game scheduled for Friday in Augusta

Sport: Football  Posted: August 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette


Gardiner Area High School senior defensive tackle Ryan O'Neill says nothing compares to playing in the annual Cony-Gardiner football game.

But now that he's in line to start?

"It's a whole lot more exciting," he said.

With tackles Isac Cone and Andy Kelley graduated, the Tigers have big holes to fill on the line. O'Neill hopes to make the most of the opportunity.

Cony and Gardiner play at 7 Friday night at Alumni Field in Augusta.

"It's my senior year and I want to make it count," O'Neill said. "We're all excited for Cony. We've been trying to pick up the intensity as the days go on."

On Saturday, the Tigers held an early morning practice that O'Neill described as physically demanding.

"We did a lot of hitting," he said. "We just went out there and had that day of hitting hard. We did some hardcore hitting on the line. I'm definitely excited to be playing more."

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Together again; Costigan joins Richards at SMCC

Sport:   Posted: August 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Michael Hoffer

Nearly 20 years ago, new Scarborough boys' basketball coach Dan Costigan inherited a freshman player by the name of Matt Richards. Richards would eventually become the Redskins' starting point guard, absorbing every facet of the game from his coach, while exhibiting the intelligence that would lead to his own gig years later.

Fast forward to the present and now, a not-so-surprising reunion.

Last month, Richards, now the men's basketball coach and athletic director at Southern Maine Community College, announced that Costigan was joining his staff.

"He's going to be my top assistant," Richards said. "I'm looking for him, especially on game day. He's been on the sidelines and has made decisions. He'll be very valuable. He's an outstanding instructor in the skill of the game. There's a lot of good ones out there, but in my opinion, he's number one. In practices, our level of play will get better because he'll work the players to a very high level. He'll also have an impact on recruiting. To have the experience he's had and have the connections he has, will only benefit us."

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Coastal field hockey play day ruled by Mustangs

Sport: Field Hockey  Posted: August 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Ron Hawkes

One of the most exciting days of field hockey in the midcoast area each year is the Coastal Play Day held each year at Camden Hills Regional High School. All of the local field hockey teams converge for a round robin type play day where this year the eventual champions were the Mount View Mustangs.

Mount View's Hayleigh Kein gets all of this shot during Monday's Coastal Play Day in Rockport. The Mustangs won the round robin championship. Photo by Ron Hawkes

Along with the Mustangs were, Rockland, Camden Hills, Georges Valley and Belfast.

The results for the 2009 Coastal Field Hockey Championships were:
1, Mount View (91 points, 4-0), 2, Camden Hills (87, 2-2), 3, Belfast (70, 3-1), 4, Georges Valley (21, 1-3), and 5, Rockland (1 0-4).

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(field hockey) New trophy for new school: Mustangs best in coastal play day

Sport: Field Hockey  Posted: August 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Mark Haskell
Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director

ROCKPORT (Aug 24): In just a few days, the new Mount View High School will finally open its doors to a slew of students and faculty.

And the Mustang field hockey squad will also have a brand new present to put in the school's trophy case.

The Mustangs, along with four other Midcoast high school teams, took part in the 2009 Coastal Field Hockey Play Day Championships Monday at Camden Hills Regional High School. When the action in the preseason event was all said and done, it was the Mustangs who prevailed and took home the coveted trophy for the first time in nine years.

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(field hockey) 2 rivals, 1 great causes

Sport: Field Hockey  Posted: August 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

2 rivals, 1 great causes


AUGUSTA -- As Cony junior Katherine Bowie walked through the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care on Monday, she thought about her grandmother.

"It was very emotional for me, because my grandmother died a few months before this center was built," Bowie said. "I know how much she wanted to get in here to get her treatment. I'm really proud to play this game for breast cancer, because that's how she died."

The chance of Cony and Gardiner meeting during the field hockey regular season and playoffs ended when Gardiner moved to Class B this season. But the teams will play an exhibition game this fall, and the coaches are hoping it becomes an annual event.

The Cony-Gardiner Drive Out Cancer Field Hockey Game will be played Sept. 1 at Cony's Alumni Field, with the junior varsity game at 5 p.m. and the varsity at 6:30 p.m. The proceeds will benefit the Alfond Center, and both teams -- about 80 young women in all -- toured the facility Monday afternoon.

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Cen. Aroostook 4, LCS/MSSM 3

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: August 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Cen. Aroostook 4, LCS/MSSM 3
Garrett Stiles provided the winning goal scoring with 17:56 remaining in the game. Logan Thomas netted a goal in each half while Brandon York chipped in with a goal for the 4-1 Panthers. Ross Grass stopped four of 14 shots. Jordan Russell, Nathan Tucker and Josh Forsman each scored a goal for the 0-3 Eagles. Zach Moreau made 12 saves on 22 shots

Fort Fairfield 5, Easton 2

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Posted: August 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Fort Fairfield 5, Easton 2
AKacie York scored two goals for Fort Fairfield for the win over Easton. Kylie Plourde, Becca Pelkey and Kelsey Turner each added a goal for the 3-1 Tigers. Katy Donovan blocked four of nine shots.Sydney Trask and Ariana Babineau each scored a goal fo2-2 Easton. Taylor Burtt made six saves on 17 shots.

(girls soccer) Coach receives special greeting

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Posted: August 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Players support Hermon’s Poland

By Ryan McLaughlin
BDN Staff
Normally, when our troops return home after serving our nation overseas, some friends and family members will be on hand to welcome them home, along with Bangor’s troop greeters.

But when Hermon High School girls soccer coach Ben Poland returned to the Queen City after a three-month tour in Iraq recently, he was in for a huge surprise.

After a longer-than-expected day of traveling Aug. 14, Poland touched down at Bangor International Airport well after midnight and walked through the terminal to find several of his players waiting for him with signs, T-shirts and gold-and-blue balloons.

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(boys soccer) Rally lifts Pioneers by Beavers

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: August 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Rally lifts Pioneers by Beavers
Wisdom moves to 4-0

By Ryan McLaughlin

WASHBURN, Maine — In a sport like soccer, where the ball can bounce your way one second and against you the next, it’s good to have a little luck on your side occasionally.

Wisdom High School boys soccer coach Scott Gagnon was thanking his lucky stars Monday afternoon.

His Pioneers from St. Agatha pulled out to a 2-0 lead barely five minutes in, only to have Washburn come back to tie it in the second half, before Wisdom got a couple of late goals from Kody Chamberland and Curtis Picard to escape with a 4-2 victory at the boys field.

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Three (boys soccer)Windjammers qualify for nationals

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: August 24th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Holly Vanorse
Village NetMedia Sports Assistant

PORTLAND (Aug 24): Camden Hills Regional High School soccer players Andrew Flanagan, Sam Predham and Malcom Steele have a lot to celebrate because their Super Y-League squad, MPS Portland Phoenix based out of Portland, has qualified for the North American Nationals.

The Phoenix U-15 and U-17 boys teams have qualified for the nationals. It is the first time that a Maine team, let alone two, has qualified for the event, which will take place in Florida in November.

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(Lewiston Manaics) Young and in charge

Sport:   Posted: August 24th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Young and in charge
By Justin Pelletier, Assistant Sports Editor, Online

LEWISTON — Billy Lacasse, Eric Gelinas and Sam Finn have played in 373 combined regular season games. They've amassed just 44 goals and 97 assists in two seasons, and none of them have ever advanced beyond the second round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs.

Yet these three players might be the most important players to don a Lewiston Maineiacs jersey this season.

"You look at Sam and Billy and Eric, those three guys in particular, you see that they are going to lead by committee," Maineiacs' GM Roger Shannon said. "They took control of the camp right from the beginning, and they made sure that everybody in camp knew they were the three main leaders. They've done a heck of a job of it."

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Maineiacs win, make trade, release 4

Sport:   Posted: August 24th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Maineiacs win, make trade, release 4
By Justin Pelletier, Assistant Sports Editor, Online
LEWISTON —  Zach Shannon played his best game of the preseason Sunday afternoon, but it's what he did following the 60 minutes of regulation time that mattered most for the Lewiston Maineiacs.

Shannon banked the puck off the lower left post, under goaltender Dwaine Rodrigue's blocker hand and into the back of the net on the Maineiacs' sixth shootout attempt Sunday afternoon to lift the team to a 4-3 win over Drummondville. The win is the team's first of the preseason in two tries, and avenges an 8-2 setback Saturday in Drummondville.

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Number's in Stevens' favor

Sport:   Posted: August 24th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Number's in Stevens' favor

ORONO — Brandon McLaughlin just doesn't see it.

McLaughlin has heard over and over again that Jordan Stevens, his roommate and co-captain at the University of Maine, doesn't say much.

"I don't know where all of this talk about him not talking comes from, because Jordan doesn't shut up," McLaughlin said. "I guess Coach Cos (Jack Cosgrove) never really heard him talk, but I hear him talk all the time."

Going all the way back to his days starring at Mt. Blue, through his year at Bridgton Academy and his three years at Maine, Stevens has typically let his play do the talking. 

Now, as a senior co-captain and one of just four starters returning to a Black Bears defense that calls itself "The Black Hole," he is taking a more vocal role while being called upon to help fill the void left by All-American defensive end Jovan Belcher.

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Jimenez helps Sea Dogs escape in 10th

Sport:   Posted: August 24th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

 BY KEVIN THOMAS, Portland Press Herald

PORTLAND -- During times like these a player can press, try to do too much.

The Portland Sea Dogs are hanging on, in a chase for the playoffs, but they had lost four straight games.

Jorge Jimenez, the Sea Dogsâ leading hitter all season (.287), wants desperately to help his team.

On Sunday, he did. Jimenez grounded a single down the right field line to score Iggy Suarez in the bottom of the 10th inning for a 3-2 win against Harrisburg at Hadlock Field.

With the victory, the Sea Dogs (60-65) snapped their skid and remain 41/2 games behind New Britain (65-61) for the final playoff berth in the Eastern League Northern Division.

Harrisburg (60-65) has its own slim playoff hopes, and is 61/2 games out of a spot in the Southern Division.

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